Window Pane Series Fig & Raisin | Mother Earth Brewing

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Window Pane Series Fig & RaisinWindow Pane Series Fig & Raisin

Brewed by:
Mother Earth Brewing
North Carolina, United States

Style: Dubbel

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Winter

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Added by rudzud on 02-22-2013

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Reviews: 18 | Ratings: 79
Photo of FriedSlug
3.74/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ruddy, hazy beer with a light tan head. Smells of wet oak, vanilla, figs, caramel and booze. Taste is bitter, oak, vanilla, caramel and some hot booze. A really bitter and boozy aftertaste. Not a bad beer but not quite balanced.

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Photo of darktronica
4.31/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Cork and cage bottle, dated October 2015. I'm an outlier here, but I find this to be really delightful. The fig and raisin adds a subtle depth of flavor, without being overpowering or the only attraction. There's a balanced Belgian to be found lying underneath, particularly as the beer warms, but I do love the fruited notes.

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Photo of hman43
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Look: It pours a cloudy, murky brown with a tanish head that is full.

Smell: It has a sweet malt base with aromas of caramel, raisins, figs, hints of apple, and bready aromas.

Taste: It has an initial taste that is sweet, then turns to a combination of sour and hoppy. The apple with alcohol favors and caramel malt with hints of cherry tobacco and highlighter with the fig, raisins and floral hops coming on as the flavor lingers. As it warms a bit there is also a vinous flavoring at the end as well.

Feel: It has a moderately heavy fell to it. There is a sharply bitter after taste with alcohol warming that is slightly on the hot side.

Overall: This is a complex brew that reminds me more of a flavored barley wine than a fruit beer mixed in a dubbel. The different waves of flavoring were impressive, but it was a little hot on the palate as opposed to warming.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled in 2013. Poured from a cork and cage into a snifter, the beer is a deep, ruby-tinted burgundy coloring with a thin halo of white head. Aromas of booze, wood, rich fruit notes of fig and raisin, red wine characteristics, and a tangy candied backbone. Nose is very sweet and powerful. Flavors are very rich and fruity forward, with notes of apple, fig, raisin, date, and plum, with a ribbon of booze in the backbone, and subtle roasted toffee notes. Very smooth and balanced, despite leaning towards the sweet end of the spectrum. The beer is slick, smooth, and robust in mouth, and there is a boozy and fruit sweet aftertaste. The finish is slick and clean, with a subtle hint of rich fruit linger. Really flavorful, yet extremely drinkable. Tasty brew.

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Photo of jpro
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

1 pint, 9.3fl oz bottle (Bottled on: 2013).

A: Murky amber / tea-like color; fizzy, thin, tapioca head; no lace.

S: Nose-bitingly sweet malt aroma; caramel; fig.

T: Dates; figs; kind of grapey - perhaps that’s the apple brandy effect; lightly vinous; malts / combination of figs, raisins, brandy barrel pushes things towards a cotton candy level of sweetness.

M: Medium body; high carbonation; very sweet.

O: A dessert beer if there ever was one - virtually no bitterness... just layers of sweetness.

*from notes: 02.12.14

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Photo of mverity
4.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

My contribution to the Proof NYE bottle share. Pours an amber brown with medium light tan head and medium tan collar. Aroma is leathery, some dark raisin and a faint fig, caramel and wet earth. Nice medium body and low carbonation. Taste is very fig forward. Good raisin as well. I really like the fig-leather combination. The aftertaste is a bit off, astringent.

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Photo of brentk56
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy amber color with a modest head; a few shards of lacing are left behind

Smell: Caramel, figs and raisins, with a bit of oak underneath

Taste: Caramel, up front, with the dried fruit building in the middle; the apple brandy becomes assertive, after the swallow, with wood and booze lingering into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with low to moderate carbonation

Overall: A very nice blend of flavors but lacks a little depth that I typically associate with the dubbel style; very enjoyable, however

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Photo of wedge
3.81/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

@ Raleigh Times

Murky chestnut colored body with a slight ring of a head. Aromas of ripe fruity esters, dry booziness, and some sticky caramel. Sweet apple and pear brandy flavors, fig, raisin, and general dark fruitiness. Quite the nice creamy vanilla character going on here. Some booze, but very surprisingly (for me) not too sweet. Creamy, slick mouthfeel with some tingly carbonation and a drying sensation in the finish. The nose was the least appealing aspect with its rough barrel notes, but the flavor was delicious.

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Photo of SLeffler27
4.63/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A murky reddish (SRM24-26) liquid lurks beneath a thin, fine, off-white head that leaves a trace of webbing and a viscous film on the walls of a Rochefort chalice.

Exquisite, subtle, sweet flavors could be mistaken for bourbon, brandy, or possibly even spiced rum as it warms. Figs are quite noticeable, as are dates as this one progresses with warmth to bring out raisins and rich molasses. The complexity continues to layer on aromas throughout the session with light pepper, various spices, and plums that wax and wane throughout the session.

The flavor profile captures all that the nose presents, while focusing on dark fruits with a spiced rum background. This one is sweet without being cloying. Late in the session moist pumpernickel can be discerned in the long, subtle finish. This beer continues to progress as it warms.

Exquisitely smooth with a medium body and modest, soft, fine carbonation, while alcohol is as expected (warm not hot). The velvety texture helps to accentuate the flavor profile.

This is a truly inspired beer, to aid one’s contemplation, reading or deep conversation. This could improve any soft white cheese as well as a rich dessert such as banana’s foster, buttery chocolate cake, or plum pudding. Fig and Raisin is alluring and best enjoyed at temperature with someone you love by your side.

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Photo of Axnjxn
4/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at sams in Durham. Poured into a mother earth pint glass

Pours a light brown color with an inch thick white head. On the nose is a nice brandy aroma, not too apparent but pleasant. Taste is a slight brandy flavor on the initial sip with a good amount of figs/dates/raisins on the back end. A tad sweet as well. High drinkability, medium/full bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall if youre a fan of brandy youll be a fan of this beer. I liked it well enough, though I prefer the blackberries version a bit more.

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Photo of Dope
4.09/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

2013 batch.

A: Pours a cloudy, rusty reddish-brown. Big, dense tan head. Head fades nice and slow, inch by inch. Decent splotchy lacing and head retention.

S: Well, certainly a lot of figs and raisins (duh). A touch of sweet grape. Mild toasted bread. Pretty sweet and fruity in general.

T: Whoa, lots of brandy up front. Sharp and boozy fruits, mainly apple. A little raisin joins in. There is decent sweet toasted malt in the middle and then comes the fig in the finish. Almost fig newton-ish with the bready malt melding in. I don't know if this has belgian yeast but there is a definite earthiness that joins the malt in the middle. Hint of spiciness and oak in the lingering aftertaste too with some booziness.

M: Nice medium body, smooth.

O: Brandy-barrel dubbel. Probably the first of this style that I've ever had. Honestly I find most dubbels to be fairly bland, and I can get a hint of that blandness in this. However, the brandy barrel aging and the added fruits really wakes this one up I feel. Very tasty, nice complexity and smooth drinking. Very nice.

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Photo of metter98
3.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap at Thirsty Monk, Asheville, NC

A: The beer is hazy dark amber in color. It poured with a thin beige head that died down and left a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: Moderately strong aromas of figs, raisins and caramel malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a bit more caramel compared to the figs and some malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium- to full-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is a slow sipper and is very malty and sweet. It kind of reminds me of a German maibock.

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Photo of AlexFields
2.94/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a very murky toffee but color, nice pretty creamy head.

Smells like sour metal...infection?

Taste shows some infection too but not like the head. Starts with a slightly off, tart fruity character, fades to brandy sweetness, candied apple, honey, other sweet flavors, then gets even sweeter with a really sugary finish. I think this is probably infected, but infection still seems fairly young and this isn't terrible yet. It's odd because there's this delicious flavor profile going on, but with off flavors intruding, but I can still enjoy the good stuff if I ignore the bad.

Mouthfeel is really good, thick, rich, creamy, syrupy but with good carb. You can taste the booze some but so what.

I imagine this beer would be absolutely delicious sans infection. It's still pretty good as is, though.


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Photo of coreyfmcdonald
2.45/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

750ml bottle into a snifter

A: Pours a clear, fairly dark amber with a finger of head that receded very quickly.

S: Woah, this is intense. Sweet apple brandy is extremely strong in this beer. Sweet vanilla, figs, and sour cherries are also quite strong. Diacetyl is also detected.

T: An odd array of flavors, but similar to the aroma. Apple brandy again quite strong with sour cherries, figs, and vanilla. Certainly interesting and complex, but the flavors don't quite mesh together. I also get a diacetyl flavor in this that makes it taste even more muddled.

M: Quite thick with very low carbonation.

O: There is quite a bit of sour cherry flavor here. I wouldn't say the beer is acidic really, but the flavor does not go well with the beer. The rest of the flavors are also pretty muddled. Calling this a Dubbel is odd at best and offensive at worst.

That was a waste of $18. Down the drain, literally.

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Photo of chinchill
4.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Served in a nonic from a 750 ML bottle; winter 2013 bottling date.

A - Poured with a good off-white head over a lightly hazy, dark brown liquid.

Aroma: very fruity, with figs and brandy dominating. Also some hints of apples, raisins, toffee and vanilla. An enticing aroma.

T - Taste is similar, but with a more obvious contribution from the raisins and from the brandy barrel aging, and with some hints of dates. Perhaps a tad too sweet, but in character with other aspects of the flavor.

Mouthfeel: 9% ABV is very well hidden in this very smooth beer. Near perfect medium-light carbonation. Medium-full body. Excellent!

O - A unique and very flavorful beer that is likely to benefit from some aging even though this fresh bottle was already remarkably smooth and had nicely blended flavors. I will try to find a bottle to age.

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Photo of jlindros
4.42/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Thank s to rudzud for sharing this.

Decent looking fizzy fluffy 1 finger fades fairly quickly though, no real lacing, hazy mahogany murky brown color.

Nose ooohhh, big sweet malts, brown sugar and molasses, toffee, nutty, candy galore. Nice fig date aroma, candied figs, brandy soaked raisins, hint if booze and esters, light barrel aroma with faint hint of light toasty oak but a nice vanilla, and plenty of brandy.

Taste its quite nice, big malts again, toasty brown malts, smooth and rich creamy even, then back to sweets, brown sugar, molasses, toffee, nutty, etc. Then back into fruit, plenty of brandy soaked raisins, candied figs and date paste, juicy center. Then barrel, plenty of it, nice vanilla, nice brandy flavor. Booze is light but there, warming a little, also brings faint esters. In the back end a hint of light vinous and tart appley, sticky and fairly sweet finish, but smooth and very drinkable, lots if vanilla and light barrel, some fruit lingering.

Mouth is fuller bodied, smooth and a bit rich, decent carb, just a touch of warming booze.

Overall quite nice, great malts and sweet flavors, nice fruit, great vanilla but very little barrel character otherwise, so smooth and drinkable, great beer. I can understand why lower barrel character, as it's a brandy barrel, so probably French oak, and third or fourth or more fill, so the barrel character is much more subdued, but a nice vanilla and brandy character. This def redeems the Window Pane series from the big letdown peach.

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Photo of n2185
4.05/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a slightly hazy dark copper with a finger of off-white head that fades into a foamy ring with little lacing.

S: Slight Belgian spices, vanilla, candy sugar, figs , oak, and brandy are all present here. There are also some boozy and bready notes.

T: Belgian spices here as well with candy sugar and hearty bread. Oak and vanilla flavors come through strongly with notes of caramel, apples, sticky dark fruits, and brandy. The finish is slightly boozy.

M: Medium body and carbonation, this beer is a bit sticky feeling and not as crisp as I'd like from most dubbels, but the barrel treatment likely has a lot to do with that.

O: An enjoyable beer overall. I wish the figs were a bit more present, but it's still good.

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Photo of rudzud
4.44/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Mother Earth's third installment into the Window Pane Series this pairs North Carolina figs and raisins aged in North Carolina apple brandy barrels for 3 months. Shared with JLindros .

A - Poured into a Kate the Great tulip a murky cedar hue with a nice one finger off white head that fades to leave light lacing and a good halo along with thin wisps.

S - Aromas of quite sweet malts, fig juice, raisins, light vanilla, enticing brandy notes, some estery yeasts, and light caramel. Quite good smelling.

T - Taste is more of that sweet malts lending caramel and nuttiness with nice raisin sweetness along with figs. Brandy comes out along with heaps of vanilla. Seriously heaps of vanilla. No discernible alcohol on the pallet the flavors are so well balanced here that I'm almost afraid to age the rest of my bottles. Really really delicious.

M - Mouthfeel ....9% not a snowballs change! Really?! You're joking! This drinks like a 5-6 not a 9% beer this is so smooth with a nice light carbonation. Well done for this style and flavor profile.

O - Overall this is a delicious beer that makes me forget about just how bad the Window Pane Series peach was. So glad I have 3 more to drink

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Window Pane Series Fig & Raisin from Mother Earth Brewing
3.98 out of 5 based on 79 ratings.
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